Which hot rods are zooming into Lake Worth this weekend?

CorvetteLAKE WORTH — Do you like hot Corvettes?

Who doesn’t?

Well, several of them will be on display on Saturday at the Corvettes on the Lake Cars and Craft Show at Bryant Park.

Hosted by the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, the event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be music, door prizes, food and vendors. Fifty percent of the money raised will go to The Lord’s Place, a nonprofit to help homeless persons and families.

 

Burckle Place West breaks ground for new facility, offers hope

Ceremonial shovels break ground Wednesday afternoon for Burckle Place West, a new housing facility for single homeless women. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
Ceremonial shovels break ground Wednesday afternoon for Burckle Place West, a new housing facility for single homeless women. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE  WORTH — Seven ceremonial gold shovels, tossing gray dirt in the air, represent hope and a new beginning for 11 women who have fallen on the kind of hard times most of us can’t even imagine.

In another year on South J Street, west of Burckle Place, a program for single homeless women, will come Burckle Place West, an affordable housing facility for women who have graduated from the shelfter and who are ready to start standing on their own.

The Lord’s Place, the nonprofit that runs Burckle Place, held a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon for the $1.4 million, 6,200-square-foot facility.

“This will be a place where 11 women can take one more step towards independence,” Diana Stanley, The Lord’s Place chief executive officer, told a gathering of about 75 people during a 30-minute press conference.

Check back at mypalmbeachpost.com to read more about the facility and how the women who want to live there believe it will empower them.

 

And the final Lake Worth results are…

Mayor Pam Triolo celebrating her re-election. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Mayor Pam Triolo celebrating her re-election. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Here are the final results of tonight’s municipal election with all 17 precincts reporting.

 

 

Mayor – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Gary L. Antieau
11.77% 641
Diane Jacques
25.53% 1,390
Pam Triolo
62.70% 3,414
5,445
Commissioner District #1 – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Ryan J. Hartman
35.32% 1,883
Scott Maxwell
64.68% 3,448
5,331
Commissioner District #3 – LAKE WORTH (Vote For 1)
17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Andy Amoroso
58.14% 3,119
Frank McAlonan
41.86% 2,246
5,365

 

Lake Worth mayor, two incumbents hold early lead in city commission races

Pam TrioloLAKE WORTH — Mayor Pam Triolo and City Commissioners Scott Maxwell and Andy Amoroso have the early lead in the City Commission race.

So far, Triolo has received 62 percent of early and absentee votes, while her challengers Diane Jacques and Gary Antieau have garnered 26 and 11 percent, respectively.

In the District 1 race, Maxwell has received 62 percent to Ryan Hartman‘s 37 percent.

As for the District 3 contest, Amoroso has won 58 percent of the vote to Frank McAlonan‘s 41 percent.

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Election 2016: Reminder — Florida is a closed primary state!

Dozens of would-be voters who are not registered as a Democrat or Republican have realized today that Florida is a closed-primary state and they cannot vote, says PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

Florida law requires voters to be party affiliated at least 29 days in advance of a primary. That was by Feb. 16, Bucher said.

“We have dozens and they’re really mad. Traditionally they haven’t voted in primaries,” Bucher said.

Election 2016: Concerns over overdevelopment, unresponsiveness bring voters out in Lake Worth

Signs in front of the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, where polling took place. (Photo by Hannah Winston)
Signs in front of the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, where polling took place. (Photo by Hannah Winston)

By Hannah Winston

In Lake Worth, there were no major lines throughout the morning at any of the downtown or surrounding polling places. While the presidential primaries have put Florida in the national spotlight, the posters and supporters for the local election for the city outnumbered familiar names like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Todd Townsend, a 7-year Lake Worth resident, said he’s supporting Frank McAlonan, Diane Jacques — who is Townsend’s neighbor — and Ryan Hartman. He said he’s worried about “career politicians” who don’t listen to residents.

“We have career politicians in our small town and we want to keep it a small town,” he said.

(More live coverage of today’s election — get news from all over Palm Beach County.)

Townsend, a self-described green anarchist, said environmental issues such as Lake Okeechobee discharges are what continue to bring him out to the polls.

As far as the primaries, Townsend said he voted for Bernie Sanders.

“I like Hillary. I’ve always liked Hillary. But I’m voting for Bernie,” he said.

A woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said two of her biggest reasons for getting out to vote are overdevelopment and building heights in Lake Worth. In her 11 years as a resident, she said she’s seen private companies try and come in and build up the city and is worried the current officials may make the beaches private with all the development.

“We want to keep our beaches public,” she said.

Lake Worth Vice Mayor invites supporters to his ‘victory party’

Maxwell thank you card 1LAKE WORTH — To thank his supporters, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell mailed more than 300 thank you cards. The cards also invited them to a victory party on Tuesday at Blue Front BBQ to celebrate his re-election.

Was that a little premature?

“We always refer to these parties as victory parties,” Maxwell said. “No one goes into Election Day thinking they’re going to lose. There’s always a get-together after the election. More than 150 people donated to my campaign. How else do you get the word out?”

Scott MaxwellMaxwell, a four-term incumbent running for the District 1 seat, has raised $31,360, according to his campaign treasurer’s report, second to Commissioner Andy Amoroso, who has tallied $31,605.

The cards, Maxwell said, are just an organized effort to make sure his supporters know there will be a gathering after the polls close.

Maxwell invite 4“Sometimes people don’t get the message,” he said.

Ryan Hartman, Maxwell’s opponent, did not return a call seeking comment.

Maxwell said no one should be offended that he mailed victory party cards before the final results are in. “There is no sinister, subtle message here,” he said. “I guess the difference this time is I put it in writing and sent out invitations. I’m certainly not going to invite people to my defeat party.”

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Shelter for single homeless women expanding in Lake Worth

A rendering of a second Burckle Place location that will be built on South J Street.
A rendering of a second Burckle Place shelter that will be built on South J Street.

LAKE WORTH — Burckle Place, a temporary shelter for single homeless women who have fallen on hard times, is expanding.

The Lord’s Place is building a second facility adjacent to the existing Burckle Place on South J Street. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Look for my Q&A with with Diane Stanley, CEO of the Lord’s Place, on mypalmbeachpost.com in the coming days. Also check out full coverage of the groundbreaking next week.

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Looking for a Spring Break beach party?

Lake Worth BeachLAKE WORTH — Are you ready for a beach party?

Lake Worth has one for you.

On March 21 the city and The Nine Society host the kickoff to Spring Break Concert at Lake Worth Beach. There will be live entertainment featuring such acts as Uproot Hootenanny, Octo Gato, Justin Enco and the Poor Life Decisions Band.

The party is from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-533-7395.

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Lake Worth intersections to temporarily close starting tomorrow

All Aboard FloridaLAKE WORTH — Three  city intersections will be temporarily closed as All Aboard Florida crews make construction improvements in the area.

Starting tomorrow, 19th Avenue North and the Florida East Coast Railway and 13th Avenue North will be closed from 7 a.m. until Monday at 6 p.m.

 

17th Avenue North will be closed from Tuesday at 7 a.m. until March 11 at 6 p.m.

All Aboard Florida is a passenger rail project that will connect Miami and Orlando.

 

For more information on the future road closures and a map of traffic detours in the area, visit AllAboardFlorida.com.

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